Captioning Videos

Captions, transcripts and audio descriptions of video content are required by law* when institutions of higher education:

  • publish videos on public-facing websites
  • receive a request for accommodation from students, faculty, staff and/or the general public to facilitate equitable use of a video resource**
  • receive a request for accommodation of a webcast of a live/real time open meeting or of training/informational video productions which support the institution of higher education's mission

*Basis in law: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, governmental organizations must ensure “effective communication” with citizens; Section 504, all federal entities — and organizations that receive federal funding — must make accommodations for equal access; Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551 and Texas Administrative Code (1 TAC §213.32), as written in the previous list.

**For students registered with Disability Services, timely accommodations must be made for both required and optional video resources, so as to provide individuals with an equitable educational experience.

Captioning and multimedia accessibility in Higher Ed

To enable greater understanding, please refer to the following:

Contact the Division of Information Technology accessibility team if you have any questions or comments.

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